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Monika is a life sciences specialist with a track record of achieving successful outcomes for clients in challenging cases. She has particular expertise in contentious proceedings at the European Patent Office, often involving multiple parties, and in advising on strategically significant patent portfolios. She regularly provides freedom to operate and validity opinions and has also coordinated and advised on major IP due diligence projects.

With a background that is legal as well as scientific, and by combining a strategic approach with attention to detail, Monika has built a reputation for her advocacy in EPO examination and opposition proceedings. She has represented some of the world’s most innovative organisations in the healthcare and pharmaceutical sector in technical areas including cancer immunotherapy, microbiome therapeutics, gene therapy, therapeutic nucleotides and peptides, personalised medicine using AI and machine learning, antibody discovery and diagnostics. She also advises clients harnessing the power of biotechnology and microbiology in the agriculture, food and cosmetics sector.

Monika joined EIP from a position as partner at another UK IP firm. Her professional experience spans over fifteen years and includes private practice firms in the UK and India as well as in-house experience supporting the biologicals and biopharma teams at a global healthcare company.


Advocate at Groser & Groser 2004-2006, Technical Assistant at Kilburn & Strode 2007-2008, European Patent Attorney at Olswang 2008-2012, Consultant at GlaxoSmithKline 2012-2013, Associate at Mathys & Squire 2014-2016, Partner at Mathys & Squire 2016-2020, Partner at EIP 2020


Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys; member of the Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office (EPI), Solicitor (England and Wales), Indian Patent Attorney and Advocate


BSc (Hons) Botany, Zoology and Chemistry at University of Delhi 1996-1999, LLB at Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi 1996-1999, LLM (Intellectual Property) at London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London 2002-2003